The New British Novelist; Comprising Works by the Most Popular and Fashionable Writers of the Present Day Volume 3; V. 39

The New British Novelist; Comprising Works by the Most Popular and Fashionable Writers of the Present Day Volume 3; V. 39

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...ignorance and folly, as the English House of Commons. It is very imposing to witness almost every side of every question so powerfully advocated. Such spirit, such enthusiasm, such brilliant collisions of talent, form a noble spectacle to my eyes. I confess I did not like the assertion of that member, who, in replying to an argument, that the proposed measure would exclude talent from the House, said, that such an effect would be a recommendation to him, because he thought that the description of persons alluded to, so far from being an acquisition, were well got rid of, for they only obstructed the public business." " That member," I replied, " was the organ of his party; the drones and bores who make the longest speeches, and are the real impediments to the public business. It is very natural that they should wish to be free of their enemies and tyrants, of whom they stand in awe. If the House were not illumined by eloquence, it would be deprived of the essential part of that splendour and dignity, which excites the admiration, and preserves the respect of the nation; it would subside into a mere committee for the transaction of public affairs. But I utterly deny that men of great talent are merely ornaments of the House. Because their eloquence does not appear immediately to influence its decisions, shallow people cry out, ' What is the use of all this speaking? it is a waste of the public time.' These blockheads are incapable of reflecting that every view of every question is exhibited in the most forcible light to the people of England, by the efforts of the leading members, who, through the medium of the press, are the source of public opinion, which is thus no other than their own Wisdom reacting...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873521
  • 9781236873521